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  • LETTER:I'd recognise my own girlfriend
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, PHILIP LEE Harrow Middlesex 13 January

  • LETTER:Labour cannot cheat the North
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    While there may not be a case for the re-creation of all the former metropolitan counties (Metropolitan Yorkshire, for example, comprises a group of separate cities rather than a true conurbation), the major conurbations of Greater Manchester, Mersey...

  • LETTER:Small price to pay
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    This week, 10,000 first-time opera and ballet-goers, many of them young men and others on low income, have cheered Darcey Bussell and Dennis O'Neill to the rafters, at ticket prices from £1 to £10, thanks to Paul Hamlyn's generous foundation and West...

  • How the world's favourite agency became the week's big story
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    Why? And how? What makes Saatchi & Saatchi so important, even in countries where neither brother has even set foot? It is, after all, only an advertising agency which has fallen on hard times and whose shareholders have persuaded the board it was...

  • LETTER:Voting patterns in Scotland
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    In 1707, Scotland had 45 seats in a House of 558; in 1832, 53 out of 658; in 1868, 60 out of 658. The numerator settled at 72 in 1885 and has not varied by more than two since then. The denominator has ranged between 615 in 1922 and 707 in 1918. In r...

  • Billy shoots the sheriff in the J Bar J
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    A streetwise journalist, instructed by the Independent's news desk to follow up a story in Miami - but aware that in this fashion-conscious city teenagers on roller-skates are likely to mug visitors for their Air Jordans - pursues his scoop with a ty...

  • LETTER:Complacency in education
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    If Mr Griffiths believes there is no problem of low aspirations in state schools, he should say so. But first he should read David Blunkett's speech last week at Ruskin College, where he faced the issue squarely, attacking the "culture of complacency...

  • Save the next jive for me
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    "Love to but can't," I responded firmly. "Deadline 9am tomorrow." Cynically, she ignored this. "It's Ain't Misbehavin'," she continued. "A Fats Waller musical." As I wailed, she added unscrupulously: "You don't have to decide now. See how the work go...

  • Do we still have the stomach for meat?
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    According to a Gallup poll last year, 2,000 people a week are converting to vegetarianism, and 40 per cent of the population regularly tell pollsters they are eating less meat. But Phil Saunders of the Meat and Livestock Commission, not surprisingly,...

  • LETTER:Cash-limiting plans will hurt the lawyers' `patients'
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    As a profession we have come to accept that there will never be any public sympathy coming in our direction when there is news of a cut in the potential fees or income of lawyers. However, the truth is that there is much public misconception about th...

  • LETTER:I'd recognise my own girlfriend
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    Yours faithfully, CAROL KNOTTS Harborne, West Midlands 13 January

  • LETTER:I'd recognise my own girlfriend
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    May I suggest that in the future Mr Lancashire steers well clear of girls who model for £10 a time. Yours faithfully, MARTIN ELLIOTT Portishead, Somerset 13 January

  • LETTER:Cash-limiting plans will hurt the lawyers' `patients'
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    As you predict, changes to the system will prove chaotic and acrimonious. The costs of the upheaval will be under-estimated and the theoretical benefits will not be realised. As in the NHS, more will have to be spent on administrators and less on act...

  • LETTER:Cash-limiting plans will hurt the lawyers' `patients'
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    Thus, the imagery of the profligate lawyer prescribing expensive remedies unchecked to line his own pocket, while no doubt amusing copy, does nothing to educate the average reader. On the contrary, it misleads. Yours faithfully, NICHOLAS WOOD Five Pa...

  • Quote Unquote
    Saturday, 14 January 1995

    Mr Blair is behaving like a spoilt child. He said he wanted a full debate in the Labour Party on reforming Clause IV, but what he really wants is a walkover - Jeremy Hanley, Tory chairman If you sat the Duchess of York next to Henry VIII, you would h...

  • Letter : Clause IV: honourable socialists past and present, and the lea der with a will to win
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    Regardless of the politics and sentiment attached to the current Clause IV debate in the Labour Party, one thing will remain true - both for those who believe Clause IV is a sacred text and those who believe it should be rewritten - and that is, one ...

  • Doing their own thing? Labour raises the flag for a Scottish assembly. Tories sneer. James Cusick insp ects the battle lines
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    Flags were waved. Crowds gathered in George Square in Glasgow. Football songs were adapted. Constitutions for all-party protest groups were drawn up. "Scotland United" - a cute political pun on soccer-style solidarity - emerged as the force that woul...

  • Infotainment is no laughing matter
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    There is clearly much in common between infotainment and pornotopia. Both extend the empire of fantasy and numb the capacity to think. Minds accustomed to infotainment are likely to show little resistance to pornotopia. I suggest that the answer to t...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Ruminations under cover of darkness
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    Who says you shouldn't judge a book by its cover? The picture on the front of A Alvarez's new work shows a waxy feminine arm poking out of quiet, tree-fringed waters in twilight. She could be magical - the lady of the lake - or she might be the victi...

  • Not only frozen in time ... but also unfunny
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    The writer Francis Wheen, a staunch friend of Cook's, explains that this let-down is because his humour did not depend on punch lines and is therefore unsuited to sound bites: "He was not so much a jokesmith as a weaver of long, spiralling fantasies....

  • How does a real leader deal with rebels?
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    On the one hand, Blair presents himself in terms that clearly echo the Thatcher era. Think of his words about Clause IV: "I thrive on argument ... I did not launch this debate because it was the easy thing to do. I launched it because it is the right...

  • Shrinking from the truth
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    This conclusion is worrying for all of us. It means that some people genuinely believe they are victims of abuse that did not occur. Equally, there are individuals who are accused falsely of perpetrating abuse. Yesterday's report poses a particular c...

  • Let the market return to Covent Garden
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    It is a good moment to take a deep breath and acknowledge that this is almost one hundred per cent delusion. More politely, an ever-deferred aspiration. There is no evidence that the kind of person who goes to the theatre has changed by one hair's br...

  • Think again about England
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    And yet, and yet ... why is it that Labour's thinking on devolution causes a flutter of unease even in those most disenchanted with the way that Britain is governed? It isn't the party's proposals for Scotland that are the problem; that nation's dema...

  • LETTER: Clause IV: honourable socialists past and present, and the lead er with a will to win
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    It is even possible that they were right. Who can say? What Labour governments created in subsequent years was not common ownership but nationalisation, producing large impersonal structures ruled by government appointees, treating both employees and...

  • LETTER: Strike highlights bus safety threat
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    one of the drivers involved attributed to fatigue cause by overwork. It is concern for safety, as much as the free bus service, which the Transport and General Workers Union is running in Chelmsford, that has led to our members receiving such strong ...

  • LETTER: Library at risk
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    Computer links for researchers are no substitute for the stimulation of consultation with an extremely knowledgeable librarian, or of browsing on open shelves with an unsurpassed collection. Its London location makes the Lindley a mecca for garden hi...

  • LETTER: Threat to Madagascar's forests
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    Andrew Lees and I took months to investigate the issues surrounding the mining by RTZ of the Fort Dauphin region in Madagascar. This research included the views and opinions of locals directly affected and informed outside opinion. It included econom...

  • How a Peruvian train nearly took me to Hollywood
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    "So I'll level with you," says the head of CBS, whose name I can't remember now, though I've got his letter somewhere, and I do remember the name of his personal assistant, which was Jim Yerxa. Great Scrabble name, I remember thinking ... "I'll level...

  • LETTER: Parker Bowles set inspiring example
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    We do not have "the sort of marriage which has not been uncommon among the English upper classes". We eat, talk, go for walks, argue, laugh and sleep together, and (for most of the time) are entirely content. Yours faithfully, JANE CLARK ALAN CLARK S...

  • LETTER: That girl, again
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    Her name, in fact, is (or was, as she may now be married) Julia Harrison and she worked for me as a secretary in Oxford around 1979/80. The photograph was taken at Stratford-upon-Avon and she was paid the paltry sum of about £10 by the photographer. ...

  • LETTER: United by force
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    Chechens are a conquered people and were never asked if they wanted to be part of the Russian state. "One nation under God" could never apply to the patchwork of nations that 19th-century Russians subdued by force of arms. Yours faithfully, ANTHONY K...

  • LETTER: Wrong signals on chemical weapons
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    The British Government played a constructive role in its negotiation but fell at the first hurdle in the ratification process. Its current evasiveness, if not apathy, on this issue contrasts starkly with the Prime Minister's commitment at the London ...

  • Letter: Clause IV: honourable socialists past and present, and the lead er with a will to win
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    Mr Hattersley has an honourable record in the Labour Party and has strong socialist convictions. His support for public ownership has been consistent. He thinks, however, we are wrong to do battle over Clause IV because the wording is out of date. He...

  • Letter : Clause IV: honourable socialists past and present, and the lea der with a will to win
    Friday, 13 January 1995

    He pleads with members to change with the times, but socialists do not do this, they seek instead to change the times we live in. It was 10 years ago that my father-in-law, Henry Fair, was presented with a long service award at the Blackpool conferen...

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